Tips for Keeping Your Site Sanitized During COVID-19

Convenience Stores Stay Vigilant on Gas Pump Sanitation

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I am sure by now you have all been hammered with emails and posts in regards to COVID-19.  It doesn’t matter where you are on the planet, there is something posted or being said about it and for good reason!

Gilbarco has shared this blog post in regards to sanitizing your site against COVID-19 with information from the CDC and Consumer Reports. CDC - Centers For Disease Control and Prevention I would say the CDC is the best source of general information seeing that is where it all flows from.  The Gilbarco blog past also contains more specific and relevant cleaning information for specific equipment and components found in fuel retailing locations.  It also includes other links to posts and articles as to how we can all help one another deal with this global crisis.

And here are the highlights from the Gilbarco blog post:

Advice for Retailers:

There are many recommendations on solutions for cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces, but some chemicals are too harsh and can damage fuel dispensers. Ammonia-based cleaners weaken and damage bezel doors, screens, and other vital dispenser components.

Consumer Reports also advises against using ammonia-based solutions.

We suggest using a diluted household bleach solution, as recommended by the CDC.

  • Clean the dispenser with soap and water, then disinfect with the bleach solution
    • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
      • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
      • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Other cleaning considerations for retailers:

  • Do not use fuels or acetone
  • Do not use any cleaner or polish with a citrus element
  • Do not use cleaners containing ammonia, sodium hydroxide or acids. Things like glass cleaner contain ammonia and will cause damage to dispensers
  • Do not use strong solvents
  • Do not spray any cleaner or water into the card reader, receipt printer, cash acceptor or displays

Advice for Consumer:

Using a gas pump is no different than opening a freezer door at the grocery store. Businesses are taking unprecedented steps to make their businesses safe for consumers. Still, people operating gas pumps should exercise caution, giving them similar treatment to a grocery store shopping cart.

  • If possible, wipe the nozzle handle, buttons and keypads with a sanitizing cloth.
  • During the pandemic, wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If this isn’t possible, use hand sanitizer after operating a gas pump.

I highly recommend you check out the full Gilbarco blog post as well as the information from the CDC and Consumer Reports websites.

We WILL get through this together!

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The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!



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